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Md. losing lottery director

Buddy W. Roogow, who oversaw the growth of the Maryland Lottery for the past 13 years, will be moving to the District in December.

Both Roogow and a District official have confirmed that Roogow has been chosen as the new executive director of the D.C. Lottery.

"I'm excited," Roogow said in a brief interview. "I'm intrigued by the challenge."

He said he will be leaving the Free State with nothing but fond memories.

In Maryland, Roogow established himself as a consummate and colorful promoter of the lottery, even offering tickets to legislators who oversaw his agency budget during hearings.

Roogow and his agency have also been heavily involved in the implementation of Maryland's fledgling slots program, coordinating background investigations of potential operators and procuring the machines that will fill the state's casinos.

David Umansky, public affairs officer for the Office of the Chief Financial Officer in the District, confirmed that an announcement about Roogow's selection will be coming soon.

-- John Wagner

By Washington Post Editors  |  October 27, 2009; 7:03 PM ET
Categories:  John Wagner  | Tags: lottery  
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From what I've been reading in the news, Buddy Boy is getting the F out a Dodge before the poorly devised slots law in Maryland implodes.

Posted by: FridleyWallhiemer | October 28, 2009 4:04 PM | Report abuse

Agree with Fridely above.

FYI: Attended a trade show in Balto a few years ago. MD Lotto had a booth open for business. I facetiously inquired about
"opportunities" for obtaining MD Lotto franchises, and was informed that MD Lotto was in fact "closed for business" except in two jurisdictions Balto city and PGC.

Both are black majority. Ya gotta wonder about that. State institutionalized racism in MD in 2005?

Posted by: countbobulescu | October 30, 2009 1:32 AM | Report abuse

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